Les fans de The Wire apprécieront particulièrement la réflexion d'aujourd'hui: "Où est le moment Ron DeSantis Carcetti?"

En ce moment, nous aimerions que Ron DeSantis soit un peu plus Tommy Carcetti.

Moi aussi fait l'argument pour ne plus obliger les étudiants de Floride à passer le SAT dans le cadre de l'admission au collège. (Le New York Times rapporte que le College Board, qui administre la SAT, a déclaré mercredi qu'il offrirait versions en ligne du test pour les élèves à ramener à la maison si les écoles secondaires restent fermées à l'automne.)

– RÉSUMÉ ANALYTIQUE –

– Dans le monde, COVID-19 a infecté 2 millions de personnes et plus de 128 000 sont morts.

– Les dirigeants du monde entier ont critiqué la Donald Trump La décision de l'administration de suspendre le financement américain pour l'Organisation mondiale de la santé. En savoir plus ici.

Donald Trump reçoit une condamnation quasi universelle pour avoir appelé à la fin des contributions américaines à l'Organisation mondiale de la santé.

– Les ventes au détail aux États-Unis ont diminué de 8,7% en mars, la plus forte baisse jamais enregistrée. En savoir plus ici.

– Les paiements d'aide dans le cadre du plan de relance de 2 billions de dollars ont commencé à apparaître dans les comptes bancaires des Américains. En savoir plus ici.

– Le fonds de sauvetage de 349 milliards de dollars pour les petites entreprises américaines devrait s'épuiser mercredi, selon des responsables non identifiés qui le connaissent. En savoir plus ici.

– New York, Ground Zero de l'épidémie de coronavirus américain Aux États-Unis, vous pouvez perdre un demi-million d'emplois et 9,7 milliards de dollars de recettes fiscales. En savoir plus ici.

– HISTOIRES TOP –

"Marco Rubio dit que le pays doit se préparer à retourner au travail et s'attendre à davantage de décès dus au virus"Grâce à Scott Powers of Florida Politics – Blond Il a averti les gens de s'attendre à ce que la prochaine phase de la crise des coronavirus inclue un niveau limité de retour au travail tout en sachant que les infections virales et les décès continueront à un certain niveau. Rubio a déclaré que le problème de politique publique est de déterminer quel équilibre est réalisable et acceptable entre la résurgence économique et la pandémie de coronavirus réduite mais en cours. Le pays doit d'abord atteindre des niveaux de dépistage, d'isolement et de recherche des contacts qui, selon beaucoup, sont encore loin d'être atteints pour garantir la protection des plus vulnérables de la population. Il faut aussi faire plus pour que les hôpitaux puissent gérer les surtensions, la distanciation sociale se poursuit autant que possible et un traitement médical efficace est développé.

Marco Rubio avertit que les Américains doivent se préparer à retourner au travail.

"Le système de chômage brisé de la Floride pour trouver un nouveau patron, dit DeSantis"Par Lawrence Mower du Tampa Bay Times: un mois après la crise historique du chômage en Floride, DeSantis remplace l'homme responsable du système de chômage brisé de l'État. Dans un aveu surprenant, DeSantis a déclaré lors d'une conférence sur Le mercredi de la presse ne dispose pas encore d'informations de base sur le nombre de demandes de chômage traitées ou le nombre de personnes qui ont été payées. L'actuel directeur exécutif du département, Ken Lawson, restera en poste, mais la supervision du système de chômage sera à la charge du secrétaire du département des services administratifs Jonathan Satter. "Leur mission est très simple: obtenir de l'aide le plus rapidement possible", a déclaré DeSantis. "J'espère que Jon pourra y entrer, secouer la cage et l'attraper."

"Deux décès confirmés de détenus au centre correctionnel de Blackwater River à Milton»Par Ana Ceballos du Florida News Service. Deux détenus d'une prison de Milton sont décédés des suites de COVID-19, a confirmé mercredi le bureau du médecin légiste local. Les fonctionnaires du Département des services correctionnels de la Floride ont gardé secrets les décès de détenus au centre correctionnel de Blackwater River pendant près d'une semaine, malgré de nombreuses questions du Florida News Service concernant les décès à la prison du comté de Santa Rosa. Jeffrey Sand, un détenu de 69 ans, est décédé le 9 avril des complications liées à COVID-19, selon Jeff Martin, le directeur du bureau du médecin légiste qui supervise le comté de Santa Rosa. Eau noire interne William WilsonMartin, 84 ans, est décédé trois jours plus tard des suites de COVID-19. Wilson et Sand semblent être les deux premiers décès liés au COVID-19 parmi les quelque 94 000 détenus de l'État.

– CONSCIENCE DE LA SITUATION –

Tweet, tweet:

@ChrisLHayes: Essayer d'imaginer des gens traîner après le 11 septembre en disant "Vous savez, la grippe tue 60 000 personnes par an, donc je ne sais pas quel est le gros problème ici!" et comment les gens * maintenant * faisant ce même argument l'auraient reçu alors.

@KirbyWTweets: Anecdotique, je l'admets. Mais en ce moment, le @TB_Times La boîte de réception Facebook reçoit message après message de personnes qui ne peuvent tout simplement pas contacter l'État au sujet des allocations de chômage. C'est déchirant à lire.

@AllisonLCarter: N'oubliez pas que votre journal local fait de son mieux pour couvrir une vague folle de nouvelles et que la plupart ont connu des licenciements ou des licenciements.

– JOURS JUSQU'A –

Dernier jour de qualification du candidat fédéral: 6; NFL-7 Draft; Les écoles de Floride rouvrent (peut-être) – 15; Nouveau pic estimé pour COVID-19 en Floride – 17; Annonce des prix Pulitzer – 18; La prochaine super lune – 21; Le décret du gouverneur DeSantis pour fermer les bars et les restaurants expire – 22; Fête des mères – 24; Adaptation TNT des premières de "Snowpiercer" – 31; Dernier jour de qualification du candidat de l'Etat: 53; Impôts fédéraux dus – 90; Christopher NolanSorties de "Tenet" – 92; Sorties de "Mulan" – 99; La Convention nationale démocratique débute à Milwaukee – 123; Florida Primaries for 2020 State Legislative / Legislative Careers – 124; La Convention nationale républicaine commence à Charlotte – 130; La première de "A Quiet Place Part II" – 141; Premier débat présidentiel en Indiana – 166; Premier débat vice-présidentiel à l'Université de l'Utah – 174; Deuxième débat présidentiel prévu à l'Université du Michigan – 182; Wes Anderson"The French Dispatch" est sorti: 183; Troisième débat présidentiel à Belmont – 189; 2020 – 201 Élection générale; "Black Widow" – 204 est sorti; Florida Automated Vehicle Summit – 215; Première de "No Time to Die": 223; Première de "Top Gun: Maverick": 251; Nouvelle date de début pour les Jeux olympiques de 2021: 463; "Jungle Cruise" – 470 est sorti; "Strange Doctor in the Multiverse of Madness" est sorti: 568; "Thor: Love and Thunder" Premières – 673.

– NATION DE LA COURONNE –

"Donald Trump met son nom sur les chèques de relance. Rubio dit "je n'aurais probablement pas fait ça""Par Skyler Swisher du South Florida Sun-Sentinel – sénateur américain. Blond Il dit qu'il n'aurait probablement pas inscrit son nom sur les chèques de relance qui seraient envoyés à des millions d'Américains s'il était président, mais il ne pense pas que la plupart des Américains s'en soucient tant que l'argent vient. Dans un geste sans précédent, le nom de Trump apparaîtra sur des chèques de relance papier de 1200 $. Rubio a été interrogé sur le rapport lors d'une conversation en direct sur Facebook mercredi avec le sénateur démocrate. Oscar Braynon et le représentant de l'État. Shevrin Jones. Braynon est d'accord: "La chose la plus importante est de faire parvenir ce chèque aux gens, signé par qui que ce soit. Cela pourrait être Donald Duck en ce qui me concerne. Citant de hauts responsables de l'IRS, le Washington Post a rapporté qu'en ajoutant Le nom de Trump pourrait retarder la livraison des chèques de quelques jours.

Donald Trump insiste pour apposer sa signature sur chaque chèque de relance, retardant sa distribution d'une semaine ou plus.

"Le coronavirus détruit les poumons. Mais les médecins découvrent des dommages aux reins, aux cœurs et à d'autres endroits."Par Lenny Bernstein, Carolyn Y. Johnson, Sarah Kaplan et Laurie McGinley du Washington Post – Le nouveau coronavirus tue en enflammant et en obstruant les petits sacs d'air dans les poumons, obstruant l'approvisionnement en oxygène du corps jusqu'à ce qu'il ferme le organes essentiels à la vie. Les médecins du monde entier recherchent des preuves suggérant que le virus peut également provoquer une inflammation cardiaque, une maladie rénale aiguë, un dysfonctionnement neurologique, des caillots sanguins, des lésions intestinales et des problèmes hépatiques. Cette évolution a compliqué le traitement de les cas les plus graves de COVID-19, la maladie causée par le virus, et rend le processus de récupération moins sûr. Près de la moitié des personnes hospitalisées pour COVID-19 ont du sang ou des protéines dans leur urine, indiquant lésions rénales précoces.

"Les points de contrôle COVID-19 destinés aux résidents hors de l'État génèrent des plaintes et un examen juridique"Grâce à Luz Lazo et Katherine Shaver du Washington Post – Lorsque le nombre de cas de coronavirus a commencé à monter en flèche, plusieurs États, dont le Rhode Island, la Floride et le Texas, ont pris la mesure sans précédent d'établir des points de contrôle frontaliers pour arrêter non-résidents qui peuvent être porteurs du virus. Les experts chargés de l'application des lois disent que le recours généralisé à la police et, dans certains cas, à la Garde nationale pour établir des barrages routiers est extraordinaire aux États-Unis. Selon certains experts juridiques, les automobilistes munis de plaques d'immatriculation hors de l'État comme mesure de santé publique sont irrationnels.Ce faisant, ces conducteurs et passagers sont censés être plus à risque de porter le virus que les résidents, même s'ils viennent du même point chaud que COVID-19 est également inconstitutionnel, selon certains experts juridiques.

"La Californie a donné le ton aux fermetures de coronavirus. Quel est votre prochain coup?"Grâce à Thomas Fuller et Tim Arango du New York Times – la Californie a devancé le reste des États-Unis pour faire face à la pandémie de coronavirus, enfermer ses citoyens tôt et éviter, jusqu'à présent, les pires scénarios d'infection L'approche extrêmement prudente de la Californie face au virus est une mesure de la difficulté de redémarrer le pays. En tant que principale porte d'entrée des États-Unis vers la Chine, la Californie, au début de la pandémie, était considérée comme l'un des Les États les plus vulnérables à la propagation du virus. Malgré sa grande population qui parcourt le monde, l’État se classe au 30e rang des décès par coronavirus par habitant et a une fraction du taux de mortalité York et New Jersey: les experts découvrent pourquoi le coronavirus s'est propagé beaucoup moins intensément dans l'État le plus peuplé des États-Unis qu'on ne le craignait à l'origine Il sera important de planifier les prochaines étapes.

"L'État de New York exigera des masques au milieu d'un coronavirus alors que l'Allemagne prévoit de rouvrir son économie"Par le biais de Talal Ansari, Bojan Pancevski et Chong Koh Ping du Wall Street Journal – New York a resserré ses mesures de distanciation sociale, et les chefs d'entreprise ont déclaré à Trump qu'une augmentation spectaculaire des tests de coronavirus était nécessaire avant que les Américains pourraient reprendre leur vie normale, alors que le gouvernement et les dirigeants de l'industrie évaluaient la logistique de la réouverture de l'économie. Quelques heures plus tard, lors d'un briefing à la Maison Blanche, Trump a déclaré que son administration détaillerait jeudi de nouvelles directives pour Il a dit qu'il travaillerait avec les gouverneurs pour ouvrir les États par étapes. Chancelier allemand Angela Merkel Il a annoncé son intention de rouvrir progressivement le pays d'un blocus partiel, car le ministère de l'économie a déclaré qu'il s'attendait à ce que le pays reste en récession jusqu'au moins au milieu de l'année. Elle a prédit un «très long» moyen de sortir de la crise sanitaire.

L'État de New York exige des masques faciaux dans le cadre de ses mesures d'éloignement social. Image via Getty.

"Des manifestants du Michigan, dans leurs voitures, protestent contre les décrets de distanciation sociale du gouverneurVia le New York Times – Des milliers de manifestants, qui sont restés principalement dans des véhicules, ont encerclé mercredi le Capitole de l'État à Lansing, Michigan, accusant le gouverneur. Gretchen Whitmer d'aller trop loin avec l'ordre de rester à la maison. Whitmer, un démocrate, est parmi les plus stricts du pays, empêchant les résidents de traverser la rue pour visiter les voisins ou conduire pour voir des amis. Les organisateurs du rassemblement, la Michigan Conservative Coalition et le Michigan Freedom Fund, avaient demandé aux manifestants de klaxonner et d'afficher des drapeaux et des affiches.

– CORONA FLORIDE –

"La Floride connaît le deuxième jour de moins de 1 000 nouveaux cas de coronavirus. Le bilan des morts dépasse les 600Via Michelle Marchante et Devoun Cetoute du Miami Herald – Floride a connu sa deuxième journée consécutive de confirmations relativement faibles de nouveaux coronavirus. L'État n'a pas vu deux jours consécutifs de nouveaux cas signalés en dessous de 1000 depuis le 29 mars. Le ministère de la Santé de la Floride a confirmé 891 cas supplémentaires de COVID-19 et 43 nouveaux décès dans tout l'État depuis mardi soir. Le nombre total de cas confirmés dans l'État est de 22 519, car le nombre de décès est passé à 614. La baisse du nombre de cas de coronavirus signalés peut être due au fait que la Floride n'a pas signalé de manière significative l'accumulation de preuves COVID-19 état, il pourrait cacher la taille de la pandémie. L'État ne signale que le nombre de Floridiens attendant d'entendre les résultats des tests des laboratoires d'État, et non privés, et les laboratoires privés effectuent plus de 90% des tests d'État.

"Des villages à Sarasota, les plus anciens comtés de Floride souffrent de la mortalité COVID-19 la plus élevée»Par Jacob Ogles de Florida Politics. Mercredi matin, plus de 100 villageois étaient positifs pour COVID-19. Le taux de mortalité pour le comté de Sumter, où se trouve la majorité de la communauté des retraités, près d'une douzaine était décédée de la maladie. Le taux de mortalité dans le comté était plus du triple de celui de l'État. En fait, parmi les comtés avec plus de 100 cas de COVID-19, le taux de mortalité pour le comté de Sumter reste le plus élevé de Floride. Ce n'est peut-être pas surprenant étant donné que le Census Bureau répertorie la population du comté, avec un âge moyen de 67 ans, comme la plus âgée des États-Unis. C'est un rappel clair de la façon dont COVID-19 représente un risque particulier pour les personnes de plus de 65 ans.

Les villages ont l'une des concentrations les plus élevées de personnes âgées aux États-Unis, le groupe le plus sensible aux infections à coronavirus. Image via AP.

"La réponse du coronavirus DeSantis encore déchirée lors de l'événement Joe Biden"Par l'intermédiaire de David Smiley du Miami Herald, la direction républicaine de la Floride, et par procuration, Trump, étaient à nouveau au centre mercredi lors d'un événement de campagne pour l'ancien vice-président Biden alors que sa campagne poursuivait sa marche en ligne vers la nomination démocrate. De son étude de sous-sol modifiée à sa maison du Delaware, Biden a assisté à une mairie virtuelle avec des travailleurs de partout au pays qui luttent pour continuer des emplois de «première ligne» qui les obligent à travailler en personne indépendamment de la protection personnelle contre les nouveaux coronavirus. Mais l'événement a commencé par une présentation du représentant invité de l'État de Floride. Jones Cela a été largement critiqué pour la prise de décision de DeSantis pendant la crise.

"Des milliers de Floridiens au chômage perdent les chèques de prestations de la première semaine"Par David Lyons de l'Orlando Sentinel: la règle traditionnelle obligeant les demandeurs d'emploi à attendre une semaine avant de pouvoir recevoir leur premier chèque de chômage. Le 1er avril, DeSantis a annulé la semaine d'attente pour ceux qui postulent. entre le 29 mars et le 8 mai afin que "les Floridiens éligibles puissent recevoir le soutien dont ils ont besoin pour se remettre des impacts économiques actuels de COVID-19". Mais l'exemption met de côté au moins 75 000 personnes qui Ils ont déposé une demande de chômage après avoir perdu leur emploi au cours de la semaine se terminant le 21 mars et 227 000 licenciements supplémentaires au cours de la semaine se terminant le 28 mars. C'est au cours de ces semaines que les employeurs ont commencé des licenciements radicaux à la fermeture du gouvernement contrôlée par le coronavirus.

"DeSantis annonce un panel pour conseiller sur le redémarrage de l'économie"Par le biais de Jeff Schweers du démocrate de Tallahassee:" De toute évidence, il est sage de commencer à penser à remettre les gens au travail. " DeSantis il a déclaré aux journalistes sur Capitol Hill, même lorsque les derniers chiffres montrent que la Floride avait 22 519 cas signalés par le ministère de la Santé. Déclarant qu'il y a eu récemment une baisse du nombre de cas positifs signalés, DeSantis a déclaré qu'il était temps de réunir un groupe diversifié pour "discuter de la réouverture de la Floride". Il a dit qu'il voulait que des gens de tous horizons discutent de la relance de l'économie de la Floride et qu'il "cherche des idées pour tout sous le soleil". Le gouverneur a déclaré qu'il voulait examiner les petites entreprises, l'industrie du tourisme, y compris les voyages internationaux, et "dresser une liste de choses auxquelles penser".

"Des groupes médicaux disent que les salles de classe devraient rester ferméesPar le biais du Florida News Service – Quatre organisations médicales d'État ont rejoint le Florida PTA dans une lettre DeSantis. "(Nous pensons) qu'il est illogique de terminer une année scolaire en personne qui peut être complétée … virtuellement par l'enseignement à distance", indique la lettre. "Le risque d'encourager une deuxième propagation secondaire du virus, tout en étant tout aussi dangereux, l'emporte sur toute récompense potentielle d'économiser un mois d'école." La lettre a également été adressée au secrétaire du ministère de la Santé. Scott Rivkees et commissaire à l'éducation Richard Corcoran. Il a été signé par les présidents médicaux de la section de Floride de l'American Academy of Pediatrics, de la section de Floride de l'American College of Physicians, de la Florida Osteopathic Medical Association et de la Florida Academy of Family Physicians.

Le président de la FEA, Fedrick Ingram, a été l'un des premiers à demander à Ron DeSantis de garder les campus fermés pour le reste de l'année scolaire.

"L'industrie des maisons de repos, qui a déjà reçu des faveurs de DeSantis, en veut une autre, c'est grand"Par l'intermédiaire de Carol Marbin Miller du Miami Herald: un groupe commercial des près de 700 maisons de soins infirmiers de Floride demande à DeSantis d'étendre les dispositions de l'État sur l'immunité souveraine à l'industrie et à d'autres secteurs des soins de santé au cours de la pandémie de coronavirus. Si la demande est acceptée, les hôpitaux, les maisons de soins infirmiers, les résidences-services et d'autres fournisseurs seraient protégés contre les plaintes pour faute professionnelle. DeSantis fait déjà une faveur à l'industrie en refusant de nommer les maisons de soins infirmiers et ALF où des tests positifs ont été produits, en 2001, alors gouverneur. Jeb Bush Il a recommandé une série de réformes qui ont émergé comme un compromis entre l'industrie et les groupes de résidents et les procureurs: les exploitants de maisons de soins infirmiers et de résidences-services voulaient des limites de dommages-intérêts pour les poursuites. Les défenseurs des droits des résidents voulaient des proportions plus élevées de personnel dans le but d'améliorer les soins. Les ratios de personnel les plus élevés n'ont jamais été appliqués.

"AARP à DeSantis: afficher les noms des maisons de soins infirmiers avec des cas de coronavirus»Par David Harris de l'Orlando Sentinel. Plus de 1 200 résidents et le personnel des établissements de soins de longue durée ont été testés positifs pour le virus. DeSantisJusqu'à présent, l'administration a refusé d'identifier publiquement les installations malgré des demandes répétées. Jack McRay, un avocat de l'AARP, a écrit dans une lettre à DeSantis que les noms des établissements devraient être divulgués. McRay a fait valoir que les agences de santé publiques ne sont pas couvertes par la loi HIPPA qui assure la confidentialité des dossiers médicaux des patients. McRay a également fait valoir que de nombreux employés ou entrepreneurs travaillent dans plusieurs maisons de soins infirmiers et pourraient transmettre le virus à d'autres établissements ou à leurs familles, mettant ainsi le grand public en danger. Révéler les noms des installations, a écrit l'avocat de l'AARP, est "nécessaire pour la santé publique".

"État serré sur les tests pour les travailleurs handicapés"Par l'intermédiaire de Christine Sexton du Florida News Service – l'Agence pour les personnes handicapées ne commentera pas si les membres du personnel de trois établissements publics du nord de la Floride ont été testés positifs pour COVID-19, une maladie respiratoire qui peut mortel pour les personnes souffrant de problèmes de santé sous-jacents, y compris les personnes handicapées. Pendant ce temps, la Fédération américaine des employés des États, des comtés et des municipalités, un syndicat représentant les employés de l'État, allègue que l'Agence pour les personnes handicapées n'évalue pas les travailleurs du Programme des défenseurs des troubles du développement avant de leur permettre d'entrer dans l'établissement, comme l'exige une ordonnance rendue le mois dernier par le directeur de la Division de la gestion des urgences de l'État Jared Moskowitz. Porte-parole de l'Union Kelly Benjamin Il a déclaré qu'à partir de mercredi, le personnel et les visiteurs sont entrés dans l'établissement sans être examinés par COVID-19.

""Ils pourrissent sur le terrain." Les agriculteurs de Floride font face à la destruction des excédents de cultures en raison du coronavirus"Par l'intermédiaire d'Austin Fuller de l'Orlando Sentinel: les agriculteurs de Floride sont confrontés à des défis pour apporter leurs produits aux clients, car les mesures de lutte contre le virus endommagent également l'un des plus grands moteurs économiques de l'État. décider entre la récolte, l'emballage et l'expédition des bleuets à vendre à un prix inférieur, cueillir et laisser tomber les baies pour leur permettre de pousser plus loin, et avoir une chance de frapper le marché en trois à cinq jours, ou de quitter l'usine. Nikki Fried Il a également ordonné la suspension de certaines exigences en matière d'étiquetage et d'emballage pour aider les œufs à arriver plus rapidement dans les rayons des magasins. Comme le déversement de lait a attiré l'attention nationale, Fried a demandé aux magasins de suspendre les limites de consommation de lait des clients, selon un communiqué de presse. Son agence s'efforce également d'amener le lait dans les zones nécessaires et tente de connecter les producteurs et les entrepôts frigorifiques.

– COURONNE LOCALE –

"Un homme menace de tirer en masse sur Publix par très peu de gens masqués"Par Tiffini Theisen de l'Orlando Sentinel – Robert KovnerSebring, 62 ans, a été arrêté après que le bureau du shérif du comté de Highlands a déclaré qu'il avait réalisé une menace publiée sur Facebook. Kovner a été accusé d'avoir menacé par écrit d'une fusillade de masse, un crime au deuxième degré. Sa caution pour cette accusation a été fixée à 25 000 $. Kovner a également été accusé d'avoir utilisé un appareil de communication bidirectionnel pour faciliter un crime grave.

Les shérifs du comté de Highlands ont arrêté le résident de Sebring, Robert Kovner, pour avoir menacé de tirer en masse dans une épicerie Publix, car "il n'y avait pas assez de gens" portant des masques. Image via le bureau du shérif du comté de Highlands.

"Quand utiliser les ventilateurs dans les boîtiers COVID-19? Certains médecins de Miami reconsidèrent leur approche»Par Ben Conarck du Miami Herald. Au cours des dernières semaines, alimentés par une discussion en ligne dans la communauté médicale et une lettre d'un médecin de soins intensifs très influent, certains médecins urgentistes ont commencé à repenser la façon traditionnelle de traiter le syndrome de détresse respiratoire aiguë, ou ARDS., Qui peut survenir dans les cas graves de COVID-19. Plutôt que de mettre automatiquement les patients sous respirateur, les médecins essaient parfois une méthode pour aider les patients à respirer qui consiste à les placer sur le côté ou sur le ventre et à administrer de l'oxygène. L'approche traditionnelle du traitement du SDRA consiste à fournir de l'oxygène supplémentaire, qui peut prendre de nombreuses formes, à toute personne ayant un taux d'oxygène dans le sang inférieur à 90%. S'ils atteignent les années 60 ou 70, a-t-il dit, il y a une précipitation à intuber pour éviter la mort.

"La pandémie de coronavirus devrait réduire de près de 300 millions de dollars le budget de Miami-Dade"Grâce à Douglas Hanks du Miami Herald: la fermeture de la plupart de l'économie pour ralentir la propagation de COVID-19 va drainer près de 300 millions de dollars du budget du comté de Miami-Dade au cours de la prochaine année. Malgré le chômage Largement répandues et paralysées par une grande partie de l'industrie hôtelière, les prévisions budgétaires se redressent relativement rapidement. La perte de revenus estimée à 278 millions de dollars marque une reprise qui commence au milieu de l'été, les croisières repartent à l'automne et les dépenses Les voyages se rétablissent à peu près au même rythme qu’après les attentats terroristes de 2001 et la crise financière de 2008.

"Des touristes bloqués se sont installés dans une maison vide infestée de rats à Miami. & # 39; Nous n'avons rien. & # 39;»Par Lautaro Grinspan du Miami Herald. Quatre amis argentins, âgés de 29 à 34 ans, ont prévu deux ans pour leurs vacances à la plage de 10 jours à Miami. Mais ses vacances au début du mois de mars se sont transformées en une semaine difficile après que les restrictions de voyage liées au coronavirus ont rendu son retour à Buenos Aires impossible. Le quatuor vit dans une maison abandonnée infestée de rongeurs et de gardons à Liberty City. La propriété est complètement vide à l'exception de trois matelas récupérés de la poubelle. Sans réfrigérateur dans la maison, le groupe conserve la petite quantité de nourriture qu'il a dans des Tupperware en plastique près de la porte d'entrée. C'est une mise à jour de la cuisine infestée, où les matières fécales recouvrent les tiroirs et les armoires.

"Surintendant de Miami: La rentrée des classes cette année est "non seulement improbable mais imprudente""Par le biais de Colleen Wright du Miami Herald: l'objectif indique quand les écoles devraient passer des cours en ligne aux cours en personne, l'apprentissage physique a changé presque chaque semaine depuis la fermeture de toutes les écoles de Floride le 13 mars. La récréation devait durer deux semaines, puis jusqu'au 15 avril. Les surintendants doutaient publiquement du calendrier actuel du ministère de l'Éducation de la Floride pour retourner aux écoles le 1er mai. Et maintenant, ils condamnent presque. DeSantis"Commentaires récents sur le retour des élèves à l'école pendant quelques semaines si les conditions sont réunies. "Le dernier jour d'école pour les élèves de cette année est le 3 juin", a déclaré le surintendant de Miami. Alberto Carvalho Il a tweeté: «Les diplômes d'études secondaires commencent le 26 mai. Autrement dit, il reste entre 26 et 33 jours d'école cette année scolaire. Un retour physique aux écoles cette année est non seulement improbable mais imprudent. »

Le surintendant des écoles publiques du comté de Miami-Dade, Alberto Carvalho, a déclaré que le retour des élèves à l'école est non seulement improbable mais "imprudent".

"Frustré par les supermarchés et les applications de livraison, les acheteurs de Miami se tournent vers les options locales.»Par Carlos Frías de Miami.com – Alors que les épiceries se pressent pour garder en stock les articles à forte demande et que les acheteurs se frayent un chemin à travers les lignes à six pieds de distance, certains trouvent de nouvelles façons de magasiner. comestibles tout en évitant le coronavirus. Certains commandent des viandes, des œufs et des saucisses directement auprès de distributeurs qui auparavant ne vendaient qu'à des restaurants, des supermarchés ou des marchés spécialisés. D'autres complètent leurs produits frais des fermes locales qui livrent ou offrent des sites de collecte où les travailleurs laissent des sacs sur leurs billes pour réduire le risque de propagation du COVID-19. Et certains restaurants ont même changé de modèle pour vendre de la nourriture de leurs fournisseurs et des plats cuisinés directement aux acheteurs, offrant des livraisons et des cueillettes.

"La prison d'État du comté de Volusia signale le saut de 7 nouveaux cas de coronavirus détenusGrâce à Grace Toohey de l'Orlando Sentinel – Une prison d'État située dans le comté de Volusia a vu une augmentation des cas de coronavirus, avec sept nouveaux détenus testés positifs pour COVID-19, par rapport à zéro de tels cas la veille. Les sept nouveaux cas de détenus, ainsi qu'un nouveau cas d'employé, à l'Établissement correctionnel de Tomoka sont survenus quelques jours après une épidémie encore plus importante à l'Établissement correctionnel de Blackwater River à Panhandle, où 33 détenus ont été testés positifs. Le service correctionnel a refusé de répondre aux questions sur le nombre de détenus qui ont été évalués pour COVID-19, ne fournissant que des informations sur les cas positifs. Tampoco ha respondido preguntas sobre cómo el personal de la prisión está respondiendo a los brotes, o las condiciones actuales de los reclusos que dieron positivo.

– MÁS LOCAL –

"Florida central podría estar en el pico de coronavirus, dice el CEO de Orlando Health"A través de Naseem S. Miller del Orlando Sentinel – Florida Central podría haber alcanzado su punto máximo en los casos de coronavirus, Presidente y CEO de Orlando Health David fuerte dijo en una entrevista con el consejo editorial de Orlando Sentinel. Al igual que otros sistemas de salud, Orlando Health ha desarrollado su propio modelo, que se actualiza tres veces al día con sus propios datos, además de los datos regionales. El 8 de abril, el sistema de salud tenía 58 pacientes hospitalizados con COVID-19. El martes por la mañana, ese número era 32. Además, el número total de casos nuevos para el área de cuatro condados ha disminuido, dijeron funcionarios de Orlando Health. "Estamos recibiendo buenas noticias minuto a minuto, así que eso no significa que hayamos dejado de prepararnos", dijo Strong.

"La alcaldesa de Tampa, Jane Castor, dice que criticar a DeSantis es una "pérdida de tiempo""A través de Charlie Frago del Tampa Bay Times – Castor no ha mordido el anzuelo, ofrecido por casi todos los medios de comunicación nacionales, para atacar a DeSantis. "Francamente, creo que es una pérdida de tiempo criticar a los demás". CNN le preguntó repetidamente sobre el desempeño de DeSantis, pero evitó tomar golpes, un patrón que se mantuvo en sus otras dos apariciones en la red, así como en apariciones recientes en ABC News y National Public Radio. La postura de Castor no es inusual para el alcalde de Tampa. Su predecesora Bob Buckhorn, demócrata, mantuvo relaciones cordiales con el entonces gobernador. Rick Scott, frustrando a muchos demócratas.

Jane Castor dice que no hay mucho beneficio en criticar a Ron DeSantis.

"Informe: Tampa Bay tiene los recursos para manejar el pico de coronavirus”A través de Drew Wilson, de Florida Politics. Un nuevo informe de Tampa Bay Partnership muestra que la región probablemente tiene los recursos para resistir el peor tramo de la pandemia de coronavirus. Los modelos más recientes sobre el brote predicen que Florida alcanzará su punto máximo el 6 de mayo. La Asociación de la Bahía de Tampa profundizó en las métricas de salud pública y descubrió que la región tiene recursos suficientes para manejar el aumento, aunque algunos bolsillos pueden estar en mayor riesgo. Hay más datos de prueba disponibles para los condados de Hillsborough y Pinellas, posiblemente indicando un conteo bajo en Manatee, Polk y Sarasota. Aún así, los hospitales tienen capacidad. La región se ha mantenido en gran medida por encima del 40% de la capacidad desde el 3 de abril. La capacidad de la UCI se ha mantenido estable en aproximadamente el 35% desde el 3 de abril.

"Erin Andrews dona hamburguesas Beyond Meat al personal del Hospital General de Tampa"A través de Gabrielle Calise del Tampa Bay Times – La gente del Hospital General de Tampa estaba allí para ayudar Andrews’Familia cuando su papá Steve Necesitaba atención médica hace dos meses. Para devolver, ella les envió el almuerzo. Alrededor de 100 Hardee’s Beyond Meat Thickburgers llegaron al hospital, suficientes para alimentar a todos los que trabajaban esa tarde desde el centro de trauma hasta la unidad COVID-19 y el personal de la oficina. "Estoy muy agradecido por el trabajo que está haciendo para mantener saludable a mi ciudad natal de Tampa", escribió Andrews en una carta al personal del hospital. "Ustedes son los verdaderos MVP, y no podemos agradecerles lo suficiente. Por favor, manténgase seguro y saludable ". El padre del periodista deportivo, Steve Andrews, es reportero de investigación en WFLA-Ch. 8)

"Protectores faciales de coronavirus que salen de las impresoras 3D de Brevard para trabajadores de salud y emergencias”A través de Rick Neale de FLORIDA HOY – Un banco de impresoras 3D dentro de un laboratorio de ingeniería del Instituto de Tecnología de Florida está creando protectores faciales personalizados, suministrando a los trabajadores de la salud de Space Coast y los primeros en responder en la batalla contra el nuevo coronavirus. Aproximadamente una docena de estudiantes y empleados están manejando el proyecto de impresión 3D COVID-19 trabajando hasta las 3 a.m. El equipo también está creando máscaras faciales N95 a medida, incluidos modelos de tamaño infantil, utilizando la guía de diseño de la Clínica Billings en Montana. Un prototipo de Florida Tech presenta una máscara ultravioleta que genera una carga eléctrica cuando el usuario respira, aspira y elimina el coronavirus en el aire.

"Destin trata con los abusadores del parque"A través de Tony Judnich del Northwest Florida Daily News – Las mesas de picnic en los parques de la ciudad han recibido una paliza en las últimas semanas por personas aparentemente frustradas por el cierre de gimnasios. Since they are not among the types of “essential” businesses listed in the Florida Governor’s “Safer At Home” executive order, gyms must remain closed through at least April 30. Most people in Destin have been obeying the emergency rules and abiding by social distancing guidelines, city Parks and Recreation Director Lisa Firth dijo. But unfortunately for other park goers, some people “have been utilizing our picnic tables as gym equipment,” she said. For example, Firth said some people have been using the wooden picnic tables to perform CrossFit box jumps, repeatedly leaping onto the benches and tabletops.

"Farmworkers appeal for field hospital in Immokalee” via Billy Cox of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune — With unharvested Florida vegetables rotting because of plummeting demand, a petition initiated by organized farmworkers is appealing to DeSantis to establish a field hospital in rural Immokalee before the coronavirus can sweep their ranks and potentially disrupt the food-supply chain. Coalition of Immokalee Workers co-founder Greg Asbed warned that a clustered working and living environment makes it impossible for field hands to comply with federal social distancing guidelines should the virus strike. “Those conditions, the result of generations of grinding poverty and neglect, will act like a superconductor for the transmission of coronavirus,” he wrote.

"Leon joins contingent of counties asking for direct federal funding as city projects $30M hit” via Karl Etters of the Tallahassee Democrat — Noting the billions of dollars county governments across the country have expended in their coronavirus response efforts, local officials are urging Congress to show them the money. Nearly 40 organizations representing county governments filed a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck schumer asking that money be directly provided to localities that fall under the 500,000 resident requirement in the ”Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” or CARES Act. The National Association of Counties sent the April 6 letter with support from around the country, including the Florida Association of Counties. Leon County Commissioner Nick Maddox is the president of FAC.

"’Doesn’t makes sense’: Leon superintendent urges Governor to keep schools closed” via CD Davidson-Hiers of the Tallahassee Democrat — In a letter Superintendent Rocky Hanna sent to DeSantis, Hanna said reopening schools would pose a “serious threat” to a “significant number” of the teachers and staff who are considered to be in at-risk demographics for surviving the virus. Hanna also told DeSantis that returning students to the classroom with only a few weeks left to the school year would be “extremely disruptive, if not impossible” to make the switch after the district has already transitioned students to learning remotely. “With only 33 academic days remaining on the school calendar, it simply doesn’t make sense and is not worth the risk,” he wrote DeSantis.

Leon County School Superintendent Rocky Hannah is joining the chorus of voices wanting schools to stay closed through the end of the school year.

"10 years after BP oil spill, COVID-19 crisis feels like deja-vu” via Kevin Robinson of the Pensacola News Journal — The Casino Beach parking lot was barren. Chairs and tables were stacked in dark restaurants. Waves lapped against an empty shoreline. Most of the world had seemingly retreated to their homes in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Despite the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, there was an uncomfortable sense of déjà vu for beach workers who saw something similar happen 10 years before: the BP oil spill. But speaking on the similarities between the spill and the COVID-19 crisis, Peg Leg Pete’s manager Beeler Gausz simply remarked, “There is no comparison. … The spill was detrimental to business, but they did still allow people to come to use the beach, to get a hotel room, to walk the shore.”

"Police work to identify people in planned Easter gathering of more than 100 in Pensacola” via Jim Little of the Pensacola News Journal — Pensacola police are working to identify the people who organized a gathering of more than 100 people at the Attucks Court public housing complex on Easter Sunday. A video of the gathering, streamed live on Facebook, went viral almost immediately as large groups of people ignored social distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in violation of an executive emergency order by DeSantis. Officials initially thought the event was spontaneous, but a city news release said Wednesday that it had been planned and promoted in advance by nonresidents. Attucks Court is managed by the Pensacola Area Housing Commission, which is working with the Pensacola Police Department to identify the organizers of the event.

— CORONA ECONOMICS —

"Banks brace for big loan defaults by U.S., global customers” via Ken Sweet of The Associated Press — The major banks in the U.S. are anticipating a flood of loan defaults as households and business customers take a big financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic. JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs raised the funds set aside for bad loans by nearly $20 billion combined in the first quarter. Wall Street expects that figure may go even higher next quarter, a possibility bank executives acknowledged on earnings conference calls. Most economists expect the U.S. to go through a depression. The only question is how severe: Second-quarter gross domestic product is expected to drop from 30% to 40% and the unemployment rate is seen rising as high as 25%.

"Factory shutdowns near World War II demobilization levels in U.S.” via Paul Wiseman of The Associated Press — Manufacturing and overall industrial production posted the biggest declines since the United States demobilized after World War II. Manufacturing output dropped 6.3% last month, led by plunging production at auto factories that have entirely shut down. Overall, industrial production, which includes factories, utilities and mines, plummeted 5.4%. Production of autos and auto parts went into free fall, dropping 28%. Factories were running at 70.2% of capacity last month, down from 75.1% in February.

"Homebuilder confidence index takes biggest monthly dive ever as coronavirus slams economy” via Diana Olick of CNBC — Builder confidence in the market for single-family homes plunged 42 points to a reading of 30 in April, the lowest point since June 2012. Of the index’s three components, current sales conditions dropped 43 points to 36, sales expectations in the next six months fell 39 points to 36, and buyer traffic decreased 43 points to 13. Homebuilding had been strengthening significantly coming into 2020. New home sales in March hit the highest level since 2007, when the subprime mortgage crisis started to take hold. Construction was deemed an essential business by the federal government during the coronavirus pandemic, but some states have shuttered construction operations.

Homebuilders are quickly losing confidence in the coronavirus economy.

"Small-business program intended for quick grants is running weeks behind” via Aaron Gregg, Jeanne Whalen and Erica Werner of The Washington Post — An emergency loan program intended to get money swiftly into the hands of small businesses has all but collapsed under an unprecedented crush of applications and a shortage of funds, overwhelming agency officials and prompting urgent calls for action on Capitol Hill. The Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, or EIDL, a long-standing program run by the Small Business Administration, is separate from the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses that is the subject of a political fight on Capitol Hill. The federal government normally doles out EIDL loans to small businesses hurt by tornadoes and wildfires. The SBA expanded the program to help entrepreneurs hurt by the coronavirus, offering low-interest loans of up to $2 million.

"Gig workers struggle to claim unemployment relief” via Megan Cassella and Rebecca Rainey of POLITICO — The $2 trillion rescue package was supposed to help out Uber drivers, freelance workers and other independent contractors who usually aren’t eligible for unemployment benefits. But so far, this 23 million-strong group of working Americans is running into dead ends, delays and bureaucracy trying to collect an unemployment check. One reason for the delay is that the Department of Labor didn’t put out its first set of guidelines for the new program until April 5, more than a week after the stimulus passed, leaving state unemployment offices stalled. “We still don’t know how we’re going to survive this,” said Mekela Edwards, a Lyft and Uber driver in California.

"Out-of-work apartment tenants putting monthly rent on plastic” via Will Parker of The Wall Street Journal — More Americans are paying rent by credit card during the coronavirus pandemic, a move that is enabling more tenants to make timely payments but potentially pushing some deeper into debt. About 84% of tenants in the U.S. have paid all or partial rent through April 12, up significantly from the first week of April. A rise in credit-card payments is also contributing to a higher rate of rent payments. Entrata Inc., a digital property-management platform that pulls information from more than 20,000 apartment communities, showed a 13% increase in credit-card usage in April compared with the first three months of the year.

"Royal Caribbean Cruises sheds 26% of US workers as coronavirus cancellations continue” via Jane Woolridge and Taylor Dolven of the Miami Herald — Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises is reducing its U.S. workforce by 26%, with more than half those workers in South Florida, the Miami Herald has learned. “We are in discussions with our employees today about the impact of the pandemic on our business,” a company spokesman confirmed. “We want to speak directly with our employees first and will have further comment as details become available.” Most of the reductions are permanent layoffs, though some are 90-day furloughs with paid benefits. Employees at all levels of the company are being let go. A letter went out to employees companywide Wednesday.

"Frontier, one of Tampa Bay’s largest cable and internet providers, just filed for bankruptcy” via Colin Wolf of Creative loafing Tampa Bay — Frontier Communications announced that they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In a news release, the company promised remaining customers that its cable and internet services won’t get any worse. “Frontier expects to continue providing quality service to its customers without interruption and work with its business partners as usual throughout the court-supervised process. The Company has sufficient liquidity to meet its ongoing obligations,” said Frontier. Frontier, which is one of two major cable internet providers in Tampa Bay along with Spectrum, filed for bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York. The company says the filing will allow them to “reduce our debt by more than $10 billion.”

— MORE CORONA —

"International politics is making it harder to make a coronavirus vaccine” via Henry Farrell of The Washington Post — Trump just announced he was suspending U.S. funding for the World Health Organization, which helps coordinate the “Flu Network” and other initiatives, including vaccine research for the novel coronavirus. The Flu Network gathers virus samples and data all over the world, analyzes them, and helps us make and select the virus strains that go into vaccines. Governments show few signs of collaborating, either to speed up research or to decide on terms of fair worldwide allocation of vaccines. That might sound good if you think your country will develop a vaccine first, but no one knows if or where that will happen.

"The industry says we have enough food. Here’s why some store shelves are empty anyway” via Laura Reiley of The Washington Post — A month ago, as the economy began to shut down and Americans started hoarding canned goods and other foods out of fear of shortages, industry giants offered assurance there was plenty of food and no reason for worry. Yet availability remains spotty around the country, some shelves stocked and others empty, with Americans having particular difficulty locating all-purpose flour, yeast and beef. The biggest is that while about half American expenditures for food used to be at restaurants and other such establishments, now almost all meals are being made in the home kitchen, so a distribution system that was built to supply restaurants with bulk items is struggling to adapt to far smaller packaging for home use.

There is plenty of food to go around. So why are the shelves still empty?

"SAT tests to move at-home and online if coronavirus forces school closures in the fall” via Nina Agrawal of The Los Angeles Times — High school students will be able to take an at-home, online SAT test if the coronavirus keeps schools closed into the fall, the College Board announced Wednesday. “The College Board would ensure that at-home SAT testing is simple; secure and fair; accessible to all; and valid for use in college admissions,” a news release from the organization said. “Like the pencil-and-paper test, a digital, remote version of the SAT would measure what students are learning in school and what they need to know to be successful in college.” The announcement comes as colleges across the country are making the SAT and ACT standardized tests optional as an admissions requirement for students entering college in fall 2021.

"As humans stay indoors, wild animals take back what was once theirs” via Terrence McCoy of The Washington Post — For centuries, humans have pushed wildlife into smaller and smaller corners of the planet. But now, with billions in isolation and city streets emptied, nature is pushing back. Wild boar have descended onto the streets of Barcelona. Mountain goats have overtaken a town in Wales. Whales are chugging into Mediterranean shipping lanes. And turtles are finally getting some peace. But beyond the short-term benefits that human quarantines have brought the animal kingdom, conservationists say the pandemic could be an opportunity to push for more environmental protections and create a safer world for animals. A growing body of research has suggested that the risk of emerging diseases, three-quarters of which come from animals, is exacerbated by deforestation, hunting and the global wildlife trade, particularly in exotic or endangered species.

— THE HUMAN TOLL —

"N.J. man with Down syndrome dies of coronavirus on his birthday — days after his mom” via Jorge Fitz-Gibbon of the New York Post — Thomas Martins, a New Jersey man with Down syndrome known for his love of birthdays, died of coronavirus on his 30th birthday, just nine days after the deadly pandemic claimed his devoted mother. Thomas was taken to the hospital on March 23 after developing a cough that worsened dramatically. He was never discharged. While hospitalized, he continued to fret about his upcoming birthday, asking when his party would take place. Just hours before his death, about 20 classmates from the Felician School for Exceptional Children in Lodi gave him a virtual party in his room.

Carolyn Martins-Reitz died a few days before her son Thomas Martins, who died on his 30th birthday. Both died of COVID-19. Image via GoFundMe.

"Brian Miller, whose blindness inspired a career helping disabled students, dies of COVID-19” via Hannah Natanson of The Washington Post — Miller was born with defective retinas and could barely see large text inches from his face. Unable to see what teachers were writing on the board, Miller memorized the content of every lesson beforehand when he was in high school. That way, when called on, her son could give answers just like his peers. That determination led to a career with the U.S. Education Department’s Rehabilitation Services Administration, where he helped students with disabilities like his. Miller started having symptoms, including a fever and cough, in mid-March, shortly after returning from a trip to Jordan that was curtailed by the virus. He entered the hospital March 28, was put on a ventilator the next day and died this week after he began bleeding internally and suffered organ failure.

"Lila Fenwick, who broke a barrier at Harvard Law, dies at 87” via Penelope Green of The New York Times — When Fenwick was a student at Harvard Law School in the 1950s, she was doubly invisible. She was a woman and she was black. In 1956, she was the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Law, and she went on to become a human rights official at the United Nations, a lawyer in private practice and a benefactor. Fenwick died on April 4 at her home in Manhattan. She was 87. She had been suffering from dementia before contracting the novel coronavirus.

"The coronavirus is depriving people of the rituals needed to process pain” via Michele L. Norris of The Washington Post — Trust carries special weight in the fight against the virus. Black Americans’ well-documented distrust of the health care system presents a unique challenge for the communities in the path of the pandemic. The skepticism dates to covert experiments such as the Tuskegee study where treatment was secretly withheld from black men so doctors could examine the progression of a deadly venereal disease. A dangerous myth that black people could not catch the virus somehow took root on social media. The Trump administration, meanwhile, has made surprisingly little effort to target warnings to the hardest-hit populations, much less do so in ways that speak to the many diverse parts of those communities.

"COVID-19 put her husband in the ICU. She had to be hospitalized next. The state demanded to know: Who would care for their children?” via Topher Sanders and David Armstrong of ProPublica — Laura Whalen was growing sicker by the hour but had no viable plan for taking care of her two children. The usual options for watching them were off the table because the Whalen children were likely infected with a coronavirus. Whalen decided she would bring the children with her to the hospital. If Whalen couldn’t find someone to take the children hospital staff would be forced to call the state’s child welfare agency. Whalen eventually found a family member to take the children.

— ONE GOOD THING —

in a photo that has gone viral, Ben Cayer y Mindy Brock — husband and wife, and fellow nurse anesthetists at Tampa General Hospital — peered lovingly at each other through layers of protective gear. A co-worker took the picture.

After being shared widely on social media, the photo is inspiring people around the globe.

“Everybody’s talking about the photo,” Cayer told The Associated Press. It strikes a chord “because we’re all going through the same thing right now, and it’s a symbol of hope and love.”

Husband and wife nurse anesthetists Ben Cayer and Mindy Brock stick together through the chaos of coronavirus. Image via AP.

“What’s important is that we stick together, we work together, and we always support each other,” Brock added. “And not just Ben and I, but the human race right now.”

The couple shares a home, a profession and a mission — taking on the high-risk duty of placing breathing tubes in surgery patients, many of whom may have COVID-19.

They didn’t think twice about volunteering for Tampa General Hospital’s new “airway team,” Cayer says.

Placing a tube into a patient’s mouth and down into their airway requires close contact — and because the virus spreads in droplets, the highest level of protective gear. To conserve gear and expose fewer health care workers, the hospital pared-down staff to a minimum for intubations before surgery.

As the hospital is now only performing emergency surgeries due to the pandemic, patients have been in car crashes, or needed brain surgery for a ruptured blood vessel. The new COVID-19 procedures — it was Brock’s first day on the new team — were making them both tense.

“We were arguing,” she says. But later, after finding each other between surgeries: “All those trivial things that we were arguing about that morning, in the grand scheme of things, aren’t that important.”

The photo captured that moment.

— D.C. MATTERS —

"Vacancies have hindered the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus” via Joe Davidson — Eighteen nongovernmental organizations are pressing against agency vacancies that can hinder federal action. The lack of appointed agency leadership has been a long-standing problem in the Trump administration, but not one that bothers him. Trump prefers having acting officials instead of those who require Senate confirmation. At the start of the week, Trump had no nominees for 150 of 749 key positions requiring Senate confirmation. In the Department of Health and Human Services, which is a crucial player in the coronavirus fight, 22% of critical positions do not have a confirmed appointee. At the Department of Homeland Security, the secretary, deputy secretary, and two undersecretary positions are without confirmed leaders.

"Trump threatens to force Congress to adjourn to allow recess appointments” via Zachary Basu and Sam Baker of Axios — Trump told the Senate to either “fulfill its duty and vote on my nominees” or formally adjourn so that he can make recess appointments, attacking the chamber for using “scam” pro forma sessions in which it convenes briefly. He singled out the government-run media agency Voice of America for its “disgusting” coverage, demanding that the Senate confirm his appointee for CEO of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. “If you look at what they’re doing and what they’re saying about our country — it’s a disgrace the people that are running that. We have somebody that’s really good, really talented, and loves our country.”

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Donald Trump threatens to adjourn Congress so he can make recess appointments. Image via AP.

"Trump halt to WHO funding violates same law as Ukraine aid freeze, House Democrats say” via Caitlin Emma of POLITICO — House Speaker Pelosi dijo Triunfo’s decision is “dangerous, illegal and will be swiftly challenged,” without elaborating on what specific action might be taken. But a senior administration official contended that language in the most recent spending bill for the State Department and other foreign aid programs gives Trump “broad discretion” in spending money allocated to WHO, including a possible redirection of the health organization’s funding to other international causes after the administration completes a review of the funds in two to three months. Trump announced the review at the same time he said he would halt the WHO funding.

"After Trump falsely claims ‘total’ authority, Rubio says decision will be made locally” via Ryan Nicol of Florida Politics — Rubio offered a counter to Trump‘s claim that the federal government will have “total” authority in relaxing social distancing measures established throughout the nation. While Rubio did not name-check the President, he made clear the decision about when and how to reopen the economy will be left up to local and state leaders. “First of all, from a legal standpoint, that decision belongs to states, not to the federal government,” Rubio said. Rubio also repeated remarks made in an earlier Twitter video, arguing things will not be fully back to normal any time soon, but that widespread shutdowns are not sustainable either.

"Vern Buchanan pushes for bailout money to support local media” via Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics — Buchanan wants to make sure local media have access to federal bailout dollars. “Due to the unprecedented public health crisis and the resulting economic challenges facing our country, many news organizations are on the brink of collapse,” he wrote. Buchanan alluded to a request from the News Media Alliance, National Association of Broadcasters, National Newspaper Association and America’s Newspapers asking that eligibility for the Paycheck Protection Program be determined at the local publisher or station level, rather than the corporate level. That would treat individual newspapers in the same way restaurant chains can qualify for benefits for each location. Buchanan endorsed offering the same treatment to media.

"Lois Frankel says domestic violence victims are ‘prisoners in their own home’ during COVID-19 outbreak” via Ryan Nicol of Florida Politics — Frankel says she’s pushing for additional funding to help victims of domestic violence as many remain trapped at home with their abusers due to social distancing requirements. Frankel also pointed to the additional stresses, including financial woes, being felt by many families, which advocates worry is increasing the potential for domestic abuse. Some Florida abuse hotlines also saw an increase in calls in March. Frankel also detailed federal aid to help address the crisis. “In the latest action by the Congress, the CARES Act, we provided another $45 million for the Family Violence Prevention Services Act and $2 million for the national domestic violence hotline,” Frankel said.

"Political consultants sue for access to small business loans” via Brody Mullins and Ted Mann of The Wall Street Journal — A trade association of political consultants is suing the Trump administration, arguing that the Small Business Administration is violating the First Amendment rights of its members by barring pollsters, lobbyists and campaign operatives from receiving emergency loans linked to the coronavirus pandemic. The suit contends that the “government does not have a legitimate interest during this global pandemic in preventing small businesses from obtaining much-needed cash to cover payroll and health insurance for their employees just because these small businesses exercise fundamental constitutional rights.” When Congress approved the new small-business loan program, it didn’t address the SBA’s existing prohibitions on loans to political consulting firms.

Epilogue — "Trial for Rudy Giuliani associates slips until after election” via Josh Gerstein and Betsy Woodruff Swan of POLITICO — A criminal trial for several associates of Trump’s personal lawyer Giuliani has been postponed until well after the November election. Prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed on the postponement, in part because of logistical complications related to the coronavirus pandemic, which has disrupted court proceedings across the country. An indictment returned against the businessmen last year charged them with violating U.S. campaign finance laws by funneling funds from abroad and hiding their source. Giuliani was not charged in the case, and he has denied any wrongdoing.

— STATEWIDE —

"New law used against recreational pot proposal” via Jim Saunders of the News Service of Florida — Lawyers for the Senate and other opponents have argued in recent months that the Florida Supreme Court should block the proposed amendment because it would conflict with federal laws that make marijuana illegal. But in a filing, the Senate ratcheted up that argument by pointing to a part of a new state law that seeks to make it harder to pass ballot initiatives. That part of the legislation calls on the Supreme Court to consider whether proposed amendments are “facially invalid under the United States Constitution.” The filing by Senate attorneys said the law is “relevant” to the broader argument about the recreational-marijuana amendment conflicting with federal laws.

"Corps flip-flops on damage from hunt for oil in Big Cypress. ‘Suspicious,’ environmentalists say.” via Adriana Brasileiro of the Miami Herald — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has abruptly changed its mind about the damage a Texas-based oil exploration company has done in the Big Cypress National Preserve. The reversal came just a month after the agency found Burnett Oil Company’s seismic testing had caused “channelization” and done extensive damage to “high-quality wet prairie and dwarf cypress.” The short, four-paragraph letter did not explain the flip-flop. But it essentially means that Burnett can continue to search for oil inside the preserve without the Corps’ oversight.

"Toxic blue-green algae bloom at Lake Okeechobee: Could it get into St. Lucie River?” via Tyler Treadway of TCPalm — The bad news: Blue-green algae blooms, at least one of them toxic, are being reported in Lake Okeechobee and the canal leading from the lake to the St. Lucie River. The good news: It’s highly unlikely the blooms will get into the river — at least for a while. “I don’t recall blooms happening this early in the years, not in the 20 years I’ve been chasing the stuff,” said Indian Riverkeeper Mike Conner. A bloom reported April 6 in Lake O at the channel leading to the dam contained the toxin microcystin at a level of 36 parts per billion, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

An aerial photo shows possible blue-green algae blooms along the western end of the C-44 Canal. Image via Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch.

"Sea turtle nesting season starts soon on quieter beaches” via Chad Gillis of the Fort Myers News-Press — Sea turtle nesting in Southwest Florida runs from April 15 through Oct. 31 and is one of the wildlife highlights of the summer months. Monitoring on Lee and Collier beaches starts Wednesday, although it’s unlikely females will begin to emerge for another 10 days or so. “We really don’t know what to expect,” said Maura Kraus, Collier County’s top turtle biologist. “We never do with wild animals, but we’re excited to start.” Kraus said this summer would be interesting because there will often be more sea turtle tracks and fewer human footprints due to the national emergency, but that could be a good thing for the breeding turtles.

"Jeffrey Epstein’s victims left ‘empty-handed’ again by ruling” via John Pacenti of The Palm Beach Post — Even while rebuking federal prosecutors for “appearing to work hand-in-hand” with Epstein’s lawyers, an appellate court has thwarted a victim’s effort to undo the infamous non-prosecution agreement with the now-deceased financier. The federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act does not apply because federal prosecutors didn’t indict Epstein themselves and instead punted the case back to Palm Beach County State Attorney Barry Krischer under the secret deal. So by scuttling their own 53-page sex trafficking indictment for state solicitation of prostitution charges, federal prosecutors weren’t required to inform Epstein’s victims they had cut what some called the “deal of the century.” The deal gave four named co-conspirators and others immunity from prosecution.

"Northwest Florida doctors accused of stealing Trump 2020 flag” via WKRG staff reports — Geoffrey Michael Fraiche, 41, Laura Ann Webb-Fraiche, 38, were arrested and charged with criminal mischief, trespassing, larceny and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Fraiche and Webb-Fraiche are accused of stealing a man’s Trump 2020 flag on April 7. Ring surveillance video shows the two driving up to the man’s house on a golf cart with at least two children with them, according to deputies. The report says Fraiche and Webb-Fraiche used a ladder to take down the man’s Trump campaign flag.

— 2020 —

"Bernie Sanders to boost Joe Biden online, but doesn’t plan to raise money for him” via Eliza Collins of The Wall Street Journal — Sanders will use his campaign’s livestreaming platform and social media channels to promote Biden’s presidential bid and help unify the Democratic Party. Still, he said he doesn’t plan to fundraise on the former Vice President’s behalf. Sanders, who raised the most money of any Democratic candidate this cycle, said there had been no discussions about using his powerful email lists to fundraise for Biden. Instead, Sanders said he would use his database of supporters to solicit donations for progressive candidates down-ballot. Sanders didn’t rule out eventually raising money for Biden or the Democratic Party.

Bernie Sanders will support Joe Biden for President, but he will not raise funds for him.

"Elizabeth Warren endorses Biden” via Alexi McCammond of Axios — Warren endorsed Biden, adding another high-profile endorsement after Sen. Sanders y former President Barack Obama did the same this week. Warren’s progressive vision for the future and detailed plans could help Biden build a bridge to the Sanders wing of the party he needs to turn out. She’s high on the list of rumored possibilities as the two have discussed policy since she ended her own presidential campaign earlier this year. Biden has publicly committed to selecting a female candidate for his vice president, with people like Sens. Kamala Harris y Amy Klobuchar likely in consideration.

"This is Biden’s biggest moment. Why does he feel so small?” via Ben Terris of The Washington Post — Biden as much as clinched the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. It is unquestionably the most significant thing to happen in his decadeslong career as a public servant, and yet, shrunken down to the size of an iPhone screen or panel in a Zoom chat, the candidate has never seemed quite so small. The coronavirus caused Biden to shrink and pumped even more airtime into the Triunfo show, allowing the President to vamp, contradict his scientific advisers, and pick fights with the media in front of millions of viewers who tune into his nightly news conference turned campaign rally.

— MORE FROM THE TRAIL —

"Democrats urge preparations for huge increase in mail-in voting” via Scott Powers of Florida Politics — Florida Democrats urged both Florida officials and voters to prepare for a huge increase in mail voting for upcoming elections because of the coronavirus crisis, while also cautioning that major logistical challenges await. The Florida Democratic Party said during a panel discussion that Florida should consider preparing for most if not all voters to cast ballots by mail in the August primary, and perhaps even in the November general election, rather than risk coronavirus contagion in crowds at voting centers.

"Vennia Francois opens challenge of Val Demings with bigger fundraising haul” via Scott Powers of Florida Politics — Francois managed to raise more campaign money in the first quarter of 2020 than Democratic incumbent Demings. Francois raised $103,305. Demings, sometimes mentioned as a potential Vice Presidential candidate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Biden, raised just $95,438 for her congressional reelection bid. Francois’ transfer to the contest for Florida’s 10th Congressional District drew immediate fundraising support this winter as the upstart Orlando Republican candidate outperformed the nationally-recognized Orlando Democrat.

"Three in a row: Laura Loomer again tops Lois Frankel in quarterly fundraising, but trails in cash on hand” via Ryan Nicol of Florida Politics — It’s the third straight quarter Loomer has topped Frankel. But the incumbent still holds a large cash-on-hand lead. Frankel has more than $1.25 million on hand going forward, while Loomer holds about one-tenth of that, with $126,000. Still, Loomer was able to top Frankel in money raised during the first quarter of 2020. Loomer added nearly $205,000, according to the latest reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Frankel, meanwhile, added just over $83,000. But Loomer also burned through all but $11,000 during the quarter. Frankel spent just over $18,000, for a net of about $65,000.

"Casey Askar TV spot shares immigration story” via Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics — Naples Republican Askar went on air with a new biographical ad recounting his immigrant story. It’s the latest move from the most recent candidate to jump into a crowded field in Florida’s 19th Congressional District. He has quickly become a force in the race. “Everything I Have” tells the story of Askar’s family fleeing Iraq on his seventh birthday. “Christians like us were being persecuted,” Askar narrates over footage of the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. The ad chronicles Askar joining the Marines and becoming a successful fast-food franchisee. Askar attributes his success to immigrating to the U.S.

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"Anna Paulina Luna adds $223K in campaign to flip CD 13” via Drew Wilson of Florida Politics — La lune is one of several Republicans vying for a chance to go head-to-head with Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist. The new report is the best yet for the Air Force veteran, who entered the crowded field in September. Combined, Luna raised about $147,000 between her fourth-quarter report and another covering the portion of the third quarter after she launched her campaign.

"Debbie Mucarsel-Powell outraises Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez in Florida 26 race” via Alex Daugherty of the Miami Herald — Mucarsel-Powell, a first-term lawmaker elected in 2018, raised $742,000. Her total is close to double the haul of Giménez, her likely Republican opponent in the November election. Giménez’s campaign announced he raised $415,000. Mucarsel-Powell also has a significant advantage in cash-on-hand to run her campaign, $2.1 million to Giménez’s $410,000. Michael Hernandez, who has been both a former Democratic campaign consultant for Mucarsel-Powell and a former senior adviser for Giménez, said Giménez faces “an uphill battle” to match Mucarsel-Powell’s fundraising totals throughout the campaign.

"Colleen Burton draws Democratic foe” via the News Service of Florida — Lakeland Democrat Jan Barrow opened a campaign account this week to try to unseat Burton in Polk County’s House District 40. Lakeland Democrat Gregory Williams also opened an account for the race last year but has not reported any campaign finance activity since July. Burton, who chairs the House Health Quality Subcommittee, was first elected to the seat in 2014. She had raised $121,100 for this year’s campaign as of March 31, a finance report shows.

— TOP OPINION —

"Why Florida’s coronavirus numbers matter” via the Tampa Bay Times editorial board — Floridians need to see accurate numbers so they can judge for themselves how well their collective effort is working to combat the coronavirus pandemic and how well their elected officials are responding on their behalf. The state updates reported cases of the virus and the number of deaths twice a day. It also provides information that some states don’t offer, such as the age and gender of each person with the virus. DeSantis also provides semiregular updates that offer a mix of numbers about testing capacity and the number of tests performed. At least 40 additional people who died from the virus were missing from the state’s count. The Florida Department of Health has been counting coronavirus deaths only for people who claimed residency in Florida, which leaves out the snowbirds.

— OPINIONS —

"Trump simply doesn’t understand his job” via George T. Conway III of The Washington Post — When he ran a private company, one he owned, Trump could command all its constituent parts to do his bidding and make the rules himself. You’d think by his fourth year in the White House, he would have learned that the presidency doesn’t work that way. But obviously, he hasn’t. He claims the power to force the entire country to back to work, regardless of what state or local officials say. “They can’t do anything without the approval of the president of the United States.” In our federal system, the states aren’t under Washington’s control. There’s no exception for emergencies.

"Stop deporting coronavirus-exposed immigrants” via the Miami Herald editorial board — Trump late Friday signed an order penalizing any country refusing to accept deportations from our immigration detention facilities, which officials have called breeding grounds for infectious disease. Instead of releasing, with screening and quarantine, all those who pose no public-safety risk, he is deporting people to Latin America as if the coronavirus didn’t exist. Coronavirus has been found in many of our immigration facilities, among detainees and officers. Recently, three deportees to Guatemala were hospitalized with coronavirus soon after arrival. But it’s business as usual for this president. One infected person can cause the virus to spread like wildfire. Yet, deportation flights to Haiti and elsewhere are scheduled. Shouldn’t recklessly spreading coronavirus be a crime with serious penalties attached?

"Shevrin Jones: COVID-19 crisis underscores need for guaranteed basic income” via Florida Politics — Even before the COVID-19 crisis hit, income inequality and volatility were sharply on the rise. People are hurting, and it’s not just those who were experiencing poverty before who are suddenly experiencing economic insecurity. Every sector of our economy is and will be hit by this. These devastating circumstances and how we respond will shape our society for years to come. We cannot afford just to wait for situations to worsen or force people to wait in limbo for weeks or months. This crisis has underscored the need for a guaranteed basic income for all. An unconditional, guaranteed basic income would give people the freedom to make effective decisions as needs arise — from food and transportation, to utilities and rent.

"Wrestling with absurdity: DeSantis shuts down most businesses, but gives WWE a pass” via Scott Maxwell of the Orlando Sentinel — Say this about Florida: We take our role as America’s classroom dunce seriously. While most of the nation’s COVID-19 news is focused on health care, infection rates and a shuttered economy, Florida is making headlines for allowing professional wrestling events to continue. Many of you can’t go to work or earn a paycheck out of fear that you and your co-workers might stand or sit too close to one another. But it’s OK for sweaty adults to embrace each other and perform pile-drivers for a cast and crew. That, DeSantis has deemed “essential.” When TMZ explained the story, it felt obliged to tell readers it wasn’t making things up: “No joke. This is real.”

"Content I have enjoyed instead of essential WWE wrestling” via Stephanie Hayes of the Tampa Bay Times —DeSantis declared WWE an essential business that can continue to film wrestling in Orlando without an audience. “People are chomping at the bit,” DeSantis said. “If you think about it, we have never had a period like this in modern American history where you’ve had so little new content, particularly in the sporting realm. I mean, we are watching reruns from like the early 2000s.” It’s true! Studies show that every single American is watching My Name Is Earl. But there is still content available despite the lack of sports.

"Keep Florida’s great outdoors open (as much as possible)” via the Orlando Sentinel editorial board — Hundreds of thousands of acres and hundreds of miles of walking and cycling trails owned by the state and federal governments are now off-limits and out of use for the foreseeable future. Yes, people are being told by the state to stay home as much as possible. But DeSantis’ order makes an exception for “essential activities,” one of which includes, “Participating in recreational activities (consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running, or swimming …” That becomes less possible each time public land is closed off to Floridians, many of whose lives have been disrupted by unprecedented financial and emotional struggles.

— TODAY’S SUNRISE —

Florida’s teacher’s union is not the only group asking Gov. DeSantis to keep campuses closed until the start of the new school year. The Florida PTA and four different medical groups are making the same request.

Also, on today’s Sunrise:

— The first inmates have died of coronavirus in the state prison system. The Department of Corrections kept it quiet for more than a week, but the medical examiner has confirmed the fatalities.

— A shake-up at the state unemployment office. Ken Lawson is still running the Department of Economic Opportunity. Still, DeSantis ordered the director of the Department of Management Services to tackle the agency’s computer problems, which is keeping hundreds of thousands of people from applying for unemployment.

— Sens. Rubio y Scott weigh in on the COVID-19 pandemic. Scott wants more testing and blames China for the outbreak. Rubio says it’s up to state and local governments to decide when people go back to work, questioning the wisdom of putting Trump’s name on all those $1,200 stimulus checks

— The statewide lockdown is unwelcome news for victims of domestic violence, often leaving them trapped at home with their abuser. The head of a shelter in Palm Beach County offers some tips for those in a bad place.

— Rep. Jones of West Park goes to bat for Biden and is hosting a virtual town hall meeting with the former Vice President.

— In the latest with Florida Man, who picked the wrong way to remind people to wear a mask in public.

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— INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY —

— ALOE —

"Disney+ edited ‘Splash’ by covering Daryl Hannah’s butt with long hair” via Frank Pallotta of CNN — Disney+ has a deep vault of content that includes everything from “Star Wars” to Disney animated classics to Marvel. One thing that the streaming service doesn’t have is Hannah‘s butt. A viewer on Twitter pointed out this week that 1984’s “Splash” has a scene in which Hannah’s rear end is covered by what appears to be long, computer-generated hair. The PG-rated film, which is a romantic comedy about a New Yorker who falls in love with a mermaid, stars Hannah and Tom Hanks in one of his first film roles.

"People still love Apple’s small iPhone SE, even as the company moves on the bigger things” via Heather Kelly of The Washington Post — Apple is replacing its smallest phone with a new, larger second-generation iPhone SE. Apple stopped manufacturing iPhone SEs in September 2018 and no longer sells it directly, although there’s still a smattering of new SEs and plenty of used and refurbished options online.

Apple is launching a new version of its least expensive iPhone ever: The iPhone SE.

"Fort Lauderdale pub removes $10,000 stapled to walls, donates to unemployed staff” via Phillip Valys of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel — The history of Fort Lauderdale restaurant Hott Leggz is written with magic marker on thousands of dollar bills stapled to the walls and ceiling. “We were like, there’s literally money on the walls, so let’s donate it all to the employees,” co-owner Juliana Sodre says. “We always had a running joke that if something went wrong with the bar, at least we had worst-case-scenario money. Well, this is a worst-case scenario.” Since March 21, Sodre and volunteers have carefully unstuck and cleaned thousands of bills, one by one. One bill, caked in years of bar dust, had 16 staples in it, Sodre says. By unofficial tally, they harvested about $10,000, with stacks of dirty bills stretched across the bar countertop.

— HAPPY BIRTHDAY —

Best wishes to numbers guru Donna Arduin, former U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns and Jeb! alum and comms pro Cory Tilley.

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Sunburn is authored and assembled by Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, A.G. Gancarski, Renzo Downey y Drew Wilson.